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Natalia Semanova – Russian doll

Natalia Semanova
Natalia Semanova was one of the highest paid Russian models. Semanova was called the iron lady of Russian fashion business, Russian Cinderella and Russian doll.
She was born on October 1, 1979 in Moscow, Russia.
In 1979, when Natalia was born, all Soviet girls wanted to be a princess. In the late 1980s a new generation of girls wanted to be a fashion model, photo model and superstars. Natalia knew little about the work of the model. But she had ambitious friend, who played a significant role in her life. Her friend did not just dream about clothes and the catwalk, but tried to fulfill her dream. It was she who one day heard that Vyacheslav Zaitsev Fashion House was recruiting new models and persuaded Natasha to go to the casting. It was in 1992. 13-year-old schoolgirls were noticed.

In 1994, Natasha took part in the model contest “The Look of the Year” (before 1995, now it is called Elite Model Look). Her first victory took place in Moscow, where she won the right to participate in the final of the competition held in Spain. And a young girl became the first girl from Russia who won it!
There was only one problem: when Semanova won the contest, she was only 14 years old. The law allowed her to take part in a modeling contest, but she could not work. It was impossible for her to take part in Gianfranco Ferre’s show.
And Ferrer decided to make her a present. The little Russian sat in the first row, the place for stars, fashion editors and heroes, where her neighbor was great Sofia Loren. The press was intrigued and started talking about Semanova.
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Semanova worked with Helmut Newton, influential and famous photographer of the XX century, who was almost 80 years old at that time. A few years later, in 2004, he died in a car crash near the hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
They worked together for Blumarine, the Italian brand which was founded by Anna Molinari and her husband in 1977.
The first advertising campaign for Blumarine Newton made in 1992 when small Natasha still went to school and did not think about modeling career. Nadja Auermann and Karre Otis were the face of the brand in different years.
Another legendary advertising campaign was Natasha’s work for Opium (Yves Saint Laurent) in 1999. Legendary perfume was created in 1977. It was invented by Jean Amic and Jean-Louis Sieuzac, who later created well-known Fahrenheit (1988, Christian Dior) and Dune (1991, Christian Dior).
Semanova became the face of Opium in 1999.
Contract with Giorgio Armani in 2001 proved Semanova’s star status.
In the same 2001 Natasha got married. Her husband worked at Elite agency. Wedding dress for Natalia was sewed by Jean Paul Gaultier.
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